Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Although there is a thriller plot to this book, you need to like computers to enjoy this. The Avogadro Corp basically runs most the on-line applications (webmail) and searches on the Internet. Basically, it really reminds me of Google. The CEO of the corporation is even a Russian wonderkid.
The corporation has developed an on-line application for email that basically searches other peoples email so you can write winning proposals. Although sounding far fetched, its probably something Google could do today. Take a email addressed to a gmail account, search the recipients gmail and then make suggestions based on that search. Frightening but doable. The story goes a little SCI FI when the application starts to take over the entire internet and starts ordering people to do things like arm floating server farmers with automated missiles and machine guns. It gets even more far fetched by the end. It does give you an idea of the massive scale that firms like Google have to handle web traffic throughout the world.
So in summary long on techno facts and thin on plot, but still enjoyable if you like books about computers taking over the world. Sort of surprise ending which I won't give away here.
Sure (from audible) but I would have infinity low expectations - As an IT geek I found this story light on underlying technology and high on magic in the wires. Wires that became intelligent without any advances in science and/or Einstein type involvement in AI programming.
Adam Sandler & Jim Carrey playing mindless programmers or college students who stole & copied code from IBM's Dr. Watson. Then the supercomputer named Dr. Watson would take over the world.
This is somewhat of a crowded genre, especially with some of the movies out recently, but the author does a great job of making the creation of an AI very believeable while at the same time keeping up the excitement level as each phase of the AI's evolution unfolds.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I should have know better. I made the mistake of only having one book on my player. I went on trip to Kansas and was in my work truck for 8 hours. This was the only book, I had and I listened from start to finish. When you are driving and you have a good book to listen to, time just flies by. When you are driving and you have a boring book to listen to time drags. Like I said I spent a week in Kansas in One day.
The premiss for this book is good. I love a story that includes artificial intelligence. This is an almost the end of the world through e-mails. The problem is, Hertling can't write. This had to be a debut book, surely he has not sold other books. He has some good ideas, but he needs to team up with Daniel Suarez or Robert J. Sawyer. He needs a mentor, someone to teach him the art of writing or telling a story.
I also kind of wonder if he was funded by a coffee company. There is more in here about coffee then about artificial intelligence. I love coffee and the book still sucked.
The narrator did not help, I don't know if it was his talent or the bad writing.
If you like high tech, then buy Daniel Suarez.
Indie writer (Dana Reynolds - Wardenclyffe Trilogy, Rides Eyes of Ghost).
Delighted to read a fiction so closely aligned with Ray Kurzweil's non-fiction "The singularity is near". Also, as someone who works in IT in one of the largest tech companies: the setting and interactions are dead-on. I'm not equipped to judge if the tech is 100%, but I dare say it probably is. This is a frighteningly or-- hopefully plausible tale. (Depending on your point of view) Very worth the credit. That said, the writing itself was 'only' very good, not great. (ily much?) and I found myself wishing for a narrator with more theater training for the dialogue. Nevertheless-- this is one story that you'll remember and will refer to in the break room at work.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
I debated back and forth on how to rate this book for a while. In the end I settled on 2 stars because as a standalone book it’s less than OK. The premise is interesting and the writing is good but the execution leaves something to be desired. The plot doesn’t really go anywhere, there’s not much tension and it really feels as if it’s setting up the other books in the series rather than being a standalone story. From about 10% in I knew where this was going (although there were two parts that were a bit out of left field). In the end by itself I didn’t find it that interesting.
Mr Granniss is OK but his narration is so slowwwwww. I listened to it on 1.5X with no issues.
As an tech I have a question( spoilers below DO NOT read further if you dont want to spoil the book)
It took experts months, even years to conclude that the resource spendig could not be reduced. However 12 hired men from which did not write the program both increased the efficiency by a vector of four and introduced new functionality? All over an holiday and with no bugs?
2 The programmer who wrote the code ACCIDENTIALLY?? turned on the hidden featire letting elope autogenerate mail? seriously?
3 Elope profiles everybody and so on rephrase the mail to fit intended target. if so.. what happens when people use the phone and meet up? Btw.. did anybody else see the massive privacy issue there?
those questions ruined the book for me. Good job from the reader
[some minor spoilers about plot direction]
Avogadro Corp, a thinly disguised extrapolation of Google relocated to Seattle, is working on a new addition to its email service which will interpret patterns and context in emails and recommend more effective wording. When the program is activated with the ability to reword without the human user's approval or knowledge, the programmers realize that what they've actually created is the ultimate social engineering tool which is able to manipulate its users more effectively than any human ever could.
The story unfolds fairly predictably as the program (ELOPe) follows its directive to "maximize success" and its authors attempt to stop it. There were clever details in the story and some of the characters were quite likeable, but there was also a disappointing lack of any discussion of what really constitutes artificial intelligence, and all the characters seem to leap without explanation from thinking of it as a complex program to assuming it is a fully self-aware and intelligent being. It required a larger suspension of disbelief than I could quite manage to ignore this and enjoy the story. Entertaining, but definitely would be more enjoyable if you know nothing about computers or can suspend disbelief to a very large extent.
Yes indeed. Totally enjoyable cyber geek stuff, better than most, I think. Many geeks in my family who would enjoy this book
"Ready Player One" "The Circle" , great, cyber world novels.